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Amy Grant had cause to celebrate Tuesday afternoon (April 30). The six-time Grammy winner is about to release her new album, How Mercy Looks From Here, on May 14, and she gave friends and invited guests a look at the project during a release party at the ASCAP building in Nashville.
It's her first studio album in 10 years, and on hand to help Amy celebrate were her husband, Vince Gill, songwriters Eric Paslay and Luke Laird and other industry friends.
 How Mercy Looks From Here is dedicated to Amy's mother, who passed away in April of 2011. One of the last words of encouragement she spoke to Amy was to "sing something that matters," which Amy feels she's accomplished with this album. “Her words helped guide me,” Amy told Country Weekly before the party got underway. “I hope these songs will inspire people in some way.”
Amy also shared that she was overcome with emotion after finishing the recording process. "Honestly, I'm going to sound like a nut," she said, laughing, "but when we finished the very last song, I got in my car and said to myself, 'What am I feeling right now?' And I just wept. I guess because it was such a freeing experience."
The album features guest performances from husband Vince as well as Carole King, Sheryl Crow and James Taylor, who's featured on the first single from the project, “Don't Try So Hard.” 
As Amy addressed the crowd during the party, she felt “grateful” for the opportunity to record after the 10-year hiatus. “It was the most fun, creative experience I’ve had in a long time—at least 10 years,” she said, drawing laughs from the audience. “It’s great to do something that you love to do.”
For more on Amy and her new album, pick up the May 20 issue of Country Weekly, on sale May 13.